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    Default Cost of replacing a Tie rod?(got the parts)

    How much would it run to replace a tie rod.....just wondering.....

    i dont know if i can do it myself or not....just had a wreck a week ago and need to know how murch it costs.

    Thanks
    J

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    Inner rod=$14
    Outer=$25

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    Doesn't take most mechanics that long to replace, probably will cost you around $100 I'd guesstimate. I've had to replace one of mine once, cost me about $150, parts included.

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    yeah that's about right, had to do this last year

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    better check that control arm too, I hit a curb in the snow one year in the focus and had to have the whole control arm replaced, cost $300 at the dealer

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    i already replaced the control arm.....35 bucks from a junk yard and a lil bit of elbow grease!

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    Oh is the car drivable with a bent tie rod?

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    i had my car towed, i didn't mess with it. and IIRC you'll need to get an alignment done anyways even if you do install it yourself, when i bent my control arm and tie rod i just said screw it and took it to the collision place.

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    i'd fix it for you if i lived near you!

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    Why not replace it yourself? If I remember correctly it's a matter of unbooting it, unscrewing it, screwing it, and rebooting it. Probably the hardest thing about it is finding the room to turn the gear to remove the tie rod.

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    for me, it was worth the small charge to just have them do it, since they needed to do an alignment anyway...

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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?

    okay... tie rods are $20 to $50. If the boot is damaged it's another $20 or so. Alignments are about $50. You'll need one.

    When I bent my tie rod I replaced it myself, but eventually my rack also showed signs of damage and it'd started to leak fluid from the boot, and the fluid was eating the tie rod ball joints.

    Replacement isn't too bad if you have a big pipe wrench.

    Raise and support the front, remove front wheel on damaged side.
    Crank the steering all the way over, opposite the direction of the damaged tie rod.
    Back off the tie rod end locknut.
    Get on the body of the tie rod with the pipe wrench. Get on the tie rod end with an open end or crescent wrench. There's flats on it to make it easy to hold onto.
    With the pipe wrench, turn the body of the tie rod until it comes out of the tie rod end. Don't allow the tie rod end to move much. You can easily damage the tie rod end if you put too much pressure on that ball joint that goes into the steering knuckle.
    Break or cut the tie rod boot clamps. Remove the dust boot.
    Get on the large ball joint that screws into the steering gear with the pipe wrench. Turn it counter-clockwise to loosen it. It's on there pretty tight.
    Thread the new tie rod into the steering gear.
    Put the dust boot back onto the tie rod. Don't clamp it down or anything just yet.
    Remove the locknut from the old tie rod and put it on the new one.
    Thread the tie rod into the tie rod end. Try to get it close to where the old one was threaded to.
    Tighten the locknut
    Replace the dust boot into position and get the air hose re-attached properly.
    Use boot clamps or screw-on hose clamps to re-clamp the dust boot. I couldn't get a boot clamp tightener into the confined area, so I went with hose clamps.
    Put the wheel on, lower the vehicle.

    Go get an alignment. NOW. Waste no time.
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    Default Re: Cost of replacing a Tie rod?(I have the parts)

    How much will labor run me?

    I just got my tie rod.....

    im gonna have to get my car towed to a shop cause i cant get my car jacked up high enough to work on it.

    J


 

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